CBK wants Trinco violence quelled

President Chandrika Kumaratunga has directed the defence authorities and the IGP to take immediate steps to bring the situation in Trincomalee District back to normalcy, according to a press release issued by the Presidential Secretariat. Police have also been instructed to investigate into recent incidents in the area. This is in addition to the investigations being carried out by the SLMM on these incidents. The President expects a comprehensive police report on the matter within the next two days.

The Presidentís Office also rejects in toto "several print media reports alleging the presence of a so-called Ďthird forceí behind these incidents." Apparently neither the Presidentís Office nor any other responsible source has attributed the prevailing tension to any such "third force". Janadasa Peiris, Director General (Media) of the Presidential Secretariat, says that it is regrettable that sections of the media continues to express news and views on such baseless reports.

The Presidential Secretariat has announced that an Emergency Call Unit has been set in the Trincomalee SSP Office, on the instructions of the President to the IGP "to facilitate complaints on any situation leading to confrontation or tension so that the flow of information could be expedited, either confidentially or personally". Public in the area have been requested to contact Police over the telephone number 026-2222030. This is in addition to the already existing Trincomalee District Emergency Unit which can be contacted on 026-2222222. The Emergency Call Unit comprises an OIC supported by 5 Pcs to cover in particular the areas of China Bay, Muttur and Kinniya. The two units are expected to work round the clock. Additional forces have already been deployed to maintain the security in the area.

Note: The report that the Presidentís Office is rejecting was a press release from the Interior Ministry, which is not under President Chandrika Kumaratunga.